In March this year, Melbourne mother-of-two Sara Chivers was told that, after eight years, her brain cancer had returned.
The 34-year-old had developed three new tumours – all were inoperable, all were incurable.
But four weeks ago, Sara and her husband Leigh were given another devastating diagnosis: their 18-month-old son, Alfie, also had brain cancer. It’s something the family’s neurosurgeon describes as “lightning striking the same place twice”.
While Alfie’s cancer is a completely different type to his mum’s, it’s also aggressive, malignant and terminal.
"You just don't expect the worst scenario to keep happening over and over again," Leigh told ABC's 7:30 this week.
"But it has for us. A couple of times."
"This wasn't even on the scale of my worst fears," Sara - who was undergoing treatment for her own cancer when she noticed Alfie's symptoms - said of the family's current situation.
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